Year 6

A very warm welcome from Miss Donatantonio

This year will prove both challenging and exciting for the children. There’s lots to look forward to: roles like House Captain and Fairtrade Leaders; working with their Reception Class Learning Partners, School Journey; the end of year production and lots more! As the Year of Mercy approaches its final few months, we look forward to 2017 as we celebrate 50 Years of Pope Paul School. With support from parents as well as school, your child(ren) will be encouraged to achieve his/her full potential in SATs and be ready for a smooth transition to secondary school.

Ready for Learning!

Year 6 comes with great opportunities and responsibilities. Please encourage your child to take an active role in both school and class life. Part of transition involves developing organisational skills. Please support your child in being ready for school and indeed, ready for learning each day.

English

Reading

Your child has been given a reading record to update on a daily basis. This should be signed by an adult at least once a week. The child’s reading objective is displayed in their reading record and this is reviewed weekly by the class teacher during guided reading sessions.

Guided reading – every child is heard reading at least once a week. Although reading ability and enjoyment continues to be important, the main focus will be to develop comprehension skills and in particular inference & deduction skills, author language choices and providing evidence.

Please support your child by asking questions involving the above skills.

Spelling

Spelling lists are given to the children on Friday as part of their weekly Home Learning task. The children are given opportunities throughout the week to learn them, find definitions and write them in context etc. Spellings are based on spelling patterns/rules, Year 6 SATs revision words, technical words, personal errors such as common words, homophones and the new SPAG syllabus. The children are then tested on these lists of words the following Friday.

Please support your child in learning the rules and patterns extending them by looking at other words with the same patterns, using them in writing tasks and developing dictionary skills. All spelling lists are stuck into the children’s Home/School Record Books. These are provided to Year 6 in order to begin preparations for Secondary School transition and develop their organisational skills. It is a good way for parents to keep up with weekly events.

Handwriting & Pace

Neat, joined fluent handwriting is strongly encouraged, as is the importance of pace. In order to prepare the children for SATs, both of these are crucial. Tests are administered under strict guidelines and are all timed precisely. Please use the handwriting policy as guidance to letter formation.

P.E.

Wednesdays (swimming from 14th September) and Tuesdays. Please ensure full PE kit and swimming bag is in school on these days.

Please note: due to the nature of Year 6 and inter school festivals, these days may at times need to be altered. Please check in the Home/School Record Book as the children are encouraged to note changes, important dates etc.

Home Learning

Home Learning is explained and given out each Friday. It is due back the following Tuesday in order to allow me the time to mark them and includes an English and Maths task. When a Home Learning project has been set, the children may get longer, for example, 2 weeks. All home learning is stuck into the Home Learning books. It is vital that Home Learning is completed each week as it supports and consolidates what is being taught in class. If your child finds the Home Learning set difficult, we offer a Homework Club every Monday lunchtime which they are encouraged to come to.

If your child has a specific target such as handwriting, punctuation, vocabulary, please remind them before they start and then to check over at the end. Children still require adult support with home learning in Year 6, particularly with personal targets, so please support your child as necessary.

To assist with reinforcing an area of learning, your child may be asked to complete a separate piece of Home Learning which should be completed during the school week (Monday-Friday).

Dates for your Diary

Please check our website Diary Page for events throughout the year.

Copies of letters for trips etc are available to download from the Letter Home Page.

Curriculum Overview for Year 6